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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 8663 7228
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Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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We made it just in time to catch the last watch house tour where you are arrested by a cranky policy officer and brought into the holding cells. It was fascinating to see where... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We made it just in time to catch the last watch house tour where you are arrested by a cranky policy officer and brought into the holding cells. It was fascinating to see where the prisoners were processed and the lady playing the police officer did a wonderful job bossing us around and showing us the facility. After the tour,... More 

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The walk through the goal was amazing, I love doing these tours and was great toward around and read the info on the walls. Small play on end jelly there was really entertaining and tells a rich story that had info that even I didn't know even though I'd previously read a lot about ned. The stories on the women... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited here on a trip to Melbourne for something to do. Great little experience. Tour guide was great and knowledgable an awesome little insight to some Australian history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A really interesting experience, a real insight into Australian history. Entry fee is a little dear, $50 for my fiancé and I - a pamphlet or little booklet with information to take home as a keepsake might have made it easier to justify. A truly interesting few hours though ... the cells have information on their tenants; some horrific stories... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Absolutely fascinating and it is probably worth a visit if you are a history buff. Take a guided tour, that way you visit will be more fluid and you will get a lot of insider information about the Gaol and it's inhabitants. Staff were also wonderful.

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Thank EmmanJames
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Old Gaol is well worth a visit. Take one of the guided tours as you get a lot more information about the history and people incarcerated there. It was fascinating. Follow on with the Watchouse tour - very entertaining!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful friendly enthusiastic volunteers. Great tour guide, we happened to be there on a summer Saturday to witness a one woman theatre re-enactment of the notorious Kelly family which was audience interactive and great fun. Our kids loved trying on the Ned Kelly suit. It is a shame there are no refreshments available on site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you really think about it this is a challenging visit exposing you to the penal processes of early Australia. An amazing atmosphere with some confronting stories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had a couple of hours to kill between meetings and always enjoy looking through here. Everytime I go I seem to read more interesting stories about its past.

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From the moment we were mock arrested the visit was exciting. Good to see how prisoners lived and great tl see and read history.

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